Verstappen took his sixth win in 9 races, strengthening his grip on the championship lead, which has grown to 46 factors on team-mate Sergio Perez and 49 factors on Ferrari challenger Charles Leclerc.
Whereas Verstappen’s Canada weekend was boosted by Leclerc’s grid penalty, which took the Ferrari driver out of competition, the Dutchman nonetheless had his work reduce out to defeat the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, who hounded him over the ultimate 20 laps.
Sainz appeared to get pleasure from a small tempo benefit over Verstappen, however could not discover a well beyond the faultless world champion.
Regardless of his string of wins and his comfy championship place, Verstappen cautioned that his Pink Bull staff “wants to enhance” after discovering out it was “not the quickest” staff on Sunday.
“It’s nonetheless a really good distance and I do know the hole in fact is sort of huge, however I additionally know that it may well change round in a short time,” he stated when requested about his sizeable lead within the standings.
“I imply, race three I used to be 46 behind, so we simply want to remain calm, we have to focus, we have to enhance, as a result of as we speak [Sunday] we’re not the quickest.
“It swings a bit, like final weekend [at Baku] it regarded good within the race, now it did not look nearly as good however we nonetheless managed to win and that I feel can be a top quality and we simply must work along with the entire staff to attempt to discover little enhancements within the automotive.”
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing, 1st place, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 2nd place, congratulate one another in Parc Ferme
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Ferrari has typically been the quickest staff in qualifying, with Leclerc taking six poles to Verstappen’s two and Perez’s one, whereas it has discovered it more durable to compete with the Milton Keynes-based squad over a full race distance attributable to tyre graining points and a relative lack of high pace in comparison with the Pink Bulls.
However Verstappen whereas thought the explanations behind Ferrari’s tempo benefit on Sunday had been arduous to pinpoint, he stated it was hardly a novelty as the shape between each title contenders “goes backwards and forwards” from race to race.
“I do not assume it is all the time been that they’ve been faster on Saturday after which slower on Sunday. I feel in Barcelona they had been additionally fast on Sunday and there have been a couple of extra races,” he stated.
“So it simply goes backwards and forwards a bit. We have to perceive in fact… it additionally rained yesterday [Saturday]. Possibly that did not assist for us as we speak [Sunday] with the greener observe. However that is all issues we now have to look into.
“Possibly observe format, kerbs, no matter, we’ll take a look into that, however in the intervening time it is tough to actually clarify why they had been a bit quicker than us within the race.”